Albert Lea spruces up very busy Lakeview Boulevard 

The City of Albert Lea completed a $2.9 million street and utility reconstruction project on Lakeview Boulevard from Abbott Street to Wedge Street in 2015. The upgrade included replacing the roadway itself, which was originally constructed in the 1970s, as well as the infrastructure (water and sewer lines estimated to be between 75- and 100-years-old) under the street and widening a shared-use sidewalk abutting Fountain Lake along the route from five feet to eight feet.

City Engineer Steven Jahnke said replacing the aging concrete with concrete wasn’t an issue given the subsoil below the surface of the roadway near the lake. Council member Larry Baker said the city also factored in the volume and type of traffic when selecting the construction material. ”It’s a highly traveled road and we knew concrete would hold up better,” Baker said.

Most of the project costs ($1.6 million) were paid with federal funds. However, as a Municipal State Aid Street, the project also qualified for state funds ($380,000), generated in part by the state’s gas tax, motor vehicle sales tax and vehicle registration fees. Property owners along the route were assessed $172,000 and the city covered the remaining $715,000 ($376,000 from its road funds, $178,000 from its sewer fund and $161,000 from its water fund).

Of Note: The city used decorative concrete to spruce up a railed bridge along the project route to complement another bridge located near the project that had been reconstructed in 2006 with decorative concrete.

Project Dates

June 2015 – November 2015

Project details

Total cost: $2.9 million; concrete-related costs of about $2.7 million, including pavement, curb and sidewalk
Concrete depth: 8 inches with dowels with 4 inches of Class 5 Aggregate sub base and 12 inches of Class 3 material sub base
Total project length: 0.64 miles
Total Concrete Placed: 2,851 CY for the reconstructed roadway, curb and gutter and sidewalk

Owner: City of Albert Lea

Project Engineers: WSB & Associates, Rochester

Prime Contractor: Ulland Brothers Inc.

Concrete contractor: Hoffman Concrete, Mankato

Ready mix producer: Cemstone, Albert Lea

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